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August 21, 2012

William asks…

I gave the deposit for a new apartment in houston. Can i trust apartment ratings websites?

I already gave the deposit to move into a safer apartment due to high crimes in my area.
Someone’s car tires were stolen a few weeks ago and a guys legs were shot and they took him to the hospital in the middle of the night. I told about this to as many people as i can since the management likes to keep it quiet. Anyway as much as 5-6 families are moving out soon and some already did.

I saw this another apartment near by called meyergrove apts. I loved the place the people. it’s about 30 mins from where i live right now .
But something is worrying me -
They have a sister property called Meyer oaks . I checked their ratings and its’ only 62% in apartmentratings.com . But the apartment management i gave my deposit to , have a 100% rating.
and they are all Great ratings.

Now the sister property is only maybe 5 mins from this property.
how’s it that the sister property have 60% only rating and this property have 100%???
Can i trust them ??
i gave the deposit in a haste and didn’t think too much. I talked to some guys outside the apartment who lived near by and they said ” this is a great place to live”!! .- which i believe too..

but….

what do you think ??

Administrator answers:

I trust apartmentratings.com. I am familiar with the two properties in question and yes they are close but what you have to realize is the ratings are based on so much more than safety. Meyer Oaks may have gotten lower ratings based on other criteria such as parking,amenities, maintenance, etc. Rather than safety. Meyergrove’s residents or former residents may have felt that complex was really good in all areas. You also have to remember that this is the opinion of only those who have rated and some of these ratings are years old.

Linda asks…

Is there any website for ratings of rental aparments in Orange County?

Hi, I’m relocating to Orange County from Minnesota and would be renting a townhome soon. I have a 3 year kid and am very particular about finding a safer and better home for him. Is there any website for apartment ratings which covers details like maintenance, neighborhood, any sex offenders/child abusers in the area etc.

Thanks!

Administrator answers:

I’ve used this site for apartment ratings:

http://www.apartmentratings.com/

For sex offender info, I would check the US Dept. Of Justice

http://www.nsopr.gov/

or you can go to the sex offender registry for a particular state:

http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/states.htm

(If I knew which Orange County you were moving to I’d give you the exact link for your region.)

Also, Sperling’s Best Places will let you check out tons of demographic data, crime stats, etc. For any zip code:

http://www.bestplaces.net

Good luck with your move.

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John asks…

Can I break a apartment rental lease before I have moved in?

I am supposed to move in a week and went on a apartment ratings site and found that there are a lot of problems at the apts I signed a lease at. My fiance and I want to sign a lease somewhere else. Do I forfeit my security deposit and still have to pay for this apt? We haven’t given a first months rent with the security deposit so I wouldnt think the contract is binding yet? Please help!!!

Administrator answers:

At the very least you’ll probably lose the security deposit. Without reading the lease I couldn’t tell you any more than that. If you actually have signed a lease, the deposit would bind it. Once you sign a lease, you are bound by its terms for the entire term of the lease. So at least in theory you can be held liable for the rent for the full term of the lease. The landlord has a legal duty to make a reasonable effort to find another tenant to minimize your loss but you can be held liable until he gets another suitable tenant.

A well-written lease would address the issue of failing to move in and what the penalty would be. So that’s your first step: Read the lease thoroughly.

Checking up on an apartment complex’s reputation after signing a lease is kind of like shutting the barn door after the horses have all escaped.

Paul asks…

What do you do if every apartment complex near where you want to live has poor ratings online?

Administrator answers:

Ignore the “ratings” they are writen by dead beat tenants. Check them out yourself.

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